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By: Label Insight Team on March 18th, 2019

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Curated News from the week 11

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Alot of news came across the internal news channel this week. Starting off with a little self promotion, the first three posts refer to content published by ourselves last week. The first of these being a study on consumer purchasing choices. The second is an opinion peice we published in wholefoodsmagazine, and then the third is an article about watermelon in the beatuy aisle that we worked with Good Morning America on.

The rest of the week in news was represented by some interesting peices relating to the adoption of wellness icons in  Publix and Target's new "Clean" symbol.  This is followed by an op ed about the impact of Aldi on shopping in the UK, and then the curated news is wrapped up with an interesting article about AI and digital disruption and a final article about Kind Bar petitioning the FDA for more regulation - both following on from narriatives we've covered over the last few weeks. 

The industry continues to evolve at an astonishing pace.  We very much enjoy following this change.  Have a good week.


Survey: 53% of consumers motivated to purchase by 'natural' claim - 

An online survey from Label Insight showed 53% of U.S. consumers would be prompted to buy a product sporting a label claim of "natural." The January survey of 1,000 adults aged 18 and older asked which loosely regulated claims would be most likely to influence consumers' purchasing choices.

(curated by @nicolemeyerson)  

The Transparency Conundrum - 

Shoppers are confused, according to a new study produced by the American Heart Association and the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFICF). This is not news, but what is interesting is that the study concludes that there may be too much information out there, and consumers are struggling to filter through it all to find what they want.

“There is a lot of competing information out in the food landscape,” says Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, vice president of research and partnerships at the International Food Information Council. “This kind of sea of information causes conflict and doubt.”

(curated by @antonxavier)  


Watermelon-infused beauty products are invading our beauty aisles - 

Watermelon is becoming the trendy holy grail ingredient for beauty products. The delicious summer favorite has made its way from the grocery store to the beauty aisle, appearing in face masks, lip balms, hair products, moisturizers, body oils and more. But why?

"Watermelon provides a wonderful sense of nostalgia with summertime," Amanda Cardiner, manager of global brand development for Bliss told "Good Morning America." "Using watermelon extract as a skin care ingredient provides a gentle, fun-to-use experience with the benefits of a more serious skin care ingredient."

(curated by @marialightfoot)


Target's 'clean' symbol identifies products made without harmful chemicals -

Target has developed an icon that makes it easier to identify products that are made without potentially harmful substances.  The “Target Clean” symbol will start showing up on product pages in March and in stores in April, according to a company blog post

The “clean” symbol joins other company icons that identify products as gluten free, organic or non-GMO.

(curated by @brookebright)

How Conagra uses M&A to stay ahead in the snacking sector -

Conagra Brands’ smaller M&A deals have paid off in a big way and there could be more to come, the company’s snacking chief told Food Dive. 

At the Natural Products Expo West show, the food giant is showcasing a variety of its recently acquired brands, including Angie's Boomchickapop and Duke’s meat snacks. Both of those brands were acquired in 2017 and have since seen exponential growth, Burke Raine, vice president and general manager of Conagra's snacks and sweet treats division, told Food Dive ahead of Expo West. 

(curated by @nicolemeyerson)


The Aldi effect: how one discount supermarket transformed the way Britain shops -

On a Thursday morning in April 1990, in the suburb of Stechford in Birmingham, a strange grocery chain started trading in the UK. It only stocked 600 basic items – fewer than you might find in your local corner shop today – all at very low prices. For many products, including butter, tea and ketchup, only a single, usually unfamiliar brand was offered. To shoppers accustomed to the abundance of Tesco and Sainsbury’s, which dominated the British grocery sector with thousands of products and brands, delicatessens, vast fridges and aisles piled high with fresh fruit and vegetables, the range would have seemed dismal.

(curated by @yisiwang)


Publix embraces wellness icons -

Publix has been increasingly drawing attention to its wellness icons and shelf tags to help shoppers efficiently locate and explore products as well as personalize shopping trips to fit their individual dietary needs or preferences.

The grocer’s mission to elevate healthier food options both in stores and online doesn’t end with wellness icons. The retailer also is reaching health-centric shoppers through a number of ways such as elevating its dietitians' roles and including healthier recipes in its Aprons cooking classes (to name a couple), though the wellness icons serve as a sort of foundation as they pop up most places.

(curated by @nicolemeyerson)


Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium (study) -

The alternative to determining sodium intake from urinary samples is to use self-reported dietary intake assessment methods, such as 24-hour dietary recalls or food frequency questionnaires. These methods also have limitations. Sodium intake is highly correlated with energy intake, so under-reporting energy intake is likely to result in under-reporting of sodium intake (Bailey et al., 2007). The majority of sodium is consumed from sources prepared outside the home (Harnack et al., 2017). 

(curated by @theabourriane)


Kroger closes YouTech sale for $565 million -

The Kroger Co. has completed the sale of its You Technology digital coupon subsidiary to e-commerce analytics firm Inmar in a $565 million deal.

Kroger said yesterday that the transaction includes $400 million in cash received upon closing, which it aims to use to pay down debt. When announcing their agreement in December, Kroger and Inmar didn’t disclose financial terms.

(curated by @Joecentlivre)


How To Make Trust The Cornerstone Of Your Digital Transformation -

Brand trust is today’s ultimate competitive differentiator. In fact, according to chief Marc Benioff, trust holds a higher value than ideas themselves when it comes to building a sustainable enterprise. As he puts it, “In technology over the last two decades, the most important thing has been the idea … No longer true. The current highest value is trust, and if trust is not your highest value, if the most important thing to you and your company is not trust, you need to look again.

(curated by @nicolemeyerson)


Kind Bars Wants the FDA to Change How it Regulates Food Labels -

The maker of Kind bars is asking the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider how it regulates nutrient content claims on food labels. The nutbar company filed a petition Wednesday with the FDA.

The issue stems in part from the use of the word “healthy.” Kind had previously used the word on its labels; however, in 2015 the FDA requested it to stop, specifically because its bars exceed the maximum amount of total fat or saturated fat allowed on products that make that claim, NBC News reports.

(curated by @alyssalanger)